Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Victor and Sibyl discover that their spouses ran away together?

2. After the triple use of the code, what do Amanda and Elyot do together?

3. What is prominently displayed in Amanda's flat?

4. During their final fight, what does Amanda say she'd rather do than marry Elyot?

5. What does Amanda and Elyot short their code to stop arguing to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

2. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

3. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

4. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

5. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

6. What are Amanda's beliefs?

7. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

8. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

9. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

10. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda's speech about a person's private life sums up one of the themes of the play. What would happen if Amanda and Elyot behaved with everyone else as they do with each other? Would they be as successful in life as they appear to be? Would anyone have wanted to marry either of them again? Do you believe this? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the genre of this play. As a comedy of manners, how does it play to the reader's expectations? How are the characters drawn within the confines of this type of play? Is the plot consistent with a comedy of manners?

Essay Topic 3

Elyot believes that he and Amanda could have had happy, albeit boring, lives with Victor and Sibyl. What examples from the text point to him being right or wrong?

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